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by Jennifer
19 minutes ago
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1221
Views: 44555

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

Sure, but "not necessarily" is a bit of a dodge. The writer's job is to tell a compelling story with interesting characters but how he gets from the first to the last page of the book or script or whatever is entirely up to him and whatever supposed rules or constraints on the circumstances in fant...
by Jennifer
Today, 17:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1221
Views: 44555

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

It's fiction and some suspension of disbelief is necessary even in the most realistic fiction, let alone fiction in which the dead can be resurrected, people can face-shift, there are dragons and at least some people can survive raging infernos. Sure, but even though I'm happy to accept a fictional...
by Jennifer
Today, 16:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

[Googles] Huh, I stand corrected -- apparently various city and county agencies ARE acting as decently as possible, under the circumstances. The water company has suspended all late fees for the duration, too. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-city-agencies-ransomwar...
by Jennifer
Today, 16:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1221
Views: 44555

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

It's fiction and some suspension of disbelief is necessary even in the most realistic fiction, let alone fiction in which the dead can be resurrected, people can face-shift, there are dragons and at least some people can survive raging infernos. Sure, but even though I'm happy to accept a fictional...
by Jennifer
Today, 16:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

I am curious regarding just HOW computer-dependent these "services" are. Like, can you still pay your property tax, water bills and/or parking tickets in person somewhere, or send a physical check or money order to a mailing address, or is online payment the only option?
by Jennifer
Today, 16:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 4
Views: 49

The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

"Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks: A ransomware attack means Baltimore citizens can’t pay their water bills or parking tickets." ... On May 7, hackers digitally seized about 10,000 Baltimore government computers and demanded around $100,000 worth in bit...
by Jennifer
Today, 14:52
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

A Mississippi state lawmaker was arrested for domestic violence; he allegedly punched his wife in the face because she did not undress quickly enough when he wanted sex.

Unsurprisingly, he is also one of the men who voted to outlaw abortion in that state.
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 19:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1221
Views: 44555

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

Taking the storyline (and its presumed happy ending) at face value, I found this interesting bit in a Slate piece titled "Game of Thrones Was an Epic Tale of Incremental Change: Eight years, a billion dollars, and several dragons to go from one kind of monarchy to another" (emphasis added): https://...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

I'm really tired of Grylliade suddenly deciding I'm not logged in and losing my posts on mobile. It's fine. The posts weren't yet viable outside the womb. Can we really be sure, though? I think the police should investigate this incident, just in case Eric murdered a post he willfully chose to conc...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 16:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

If it is a being deserving consideration of rights, then it is at no fault for it's creation by another and shouldn't be subject to destruction by its creator. Which applies equally well to my hypothetical of forcing my mother to donate liver or bone marrow tissue No, it damn well doesn't. One case...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 15:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

If it is a being deserving consideration of rights, then it is at no fault for it's creation by another and shouldn't be subject to destruction by its creator. Which applies equally well to my hypothetical of forcing my mother to donate liver or bone marrow tissue - though I know of no forced-birth...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 15:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

Texas bill would allow death penalty for women who get abortions State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a Republican, first introduced the bill in 2017, and again this year. The bill has many legislative hurdles to clear before becoming law, but this week's hearing marked the most progress yet by Tinderholt's ...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 15:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

But suppose I meet you on your side of the field and say, okay, let's agree that a zygote IS a human being. We already have established by law and practice that you cannot force someone to use their body to keep another person alive. You cannot arrest someone and cut out their kidney to save someon...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 15:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

By the way, I don't think all pro-life people are trying to control women's bodies, but I do think a portion of pro-life women buy into that subconsciously. That it's about making the "right" choices and having consequences if you don't. Like, look, I was a good woman and behaved myself so I didn't...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 15:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

And I think those women would change their minds if they found themselves needing an abortion -- or they would rationalize it as a special circumstance, but all those other women still need to behave. Oh, they do. This article is from 2007: "The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion" https://www.daily...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 14:38
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

Just tell me, pro-life "libertarians": is this rash of state laws what you want this country to be? Is forcing that 11-year-old to bear her rapist's offspring a proper use of state power, in your view? And they would say, would you allow that same woman to kill her rapist's offspring if the child w...
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 22:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1221
Views: 44555

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

It was actually better than I was prepared for. I semi-agree, only in the sense that I was prepared for something even worse. Like, "I got slapped in the face hard enough to leave a handprint-shaped bruise, but it's better than getting both of my legs broken which is what I'd actually prepared for....
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 22:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

It's a bad murder to kill a child, not a marginal murder like suicide assistance for a willing person of death penalty for the guilty. I think that's how they'd respond. Still, though -- speaking specifically about the self-described libertarians -- none of them have said a word abut other children...
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 17:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1221
Views: 44555

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

The two plastic water bottles visible during the outdoor-council scene were cute, too.
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 17:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

Generalized reminder: the question is NOT "Do you think abortion is murder" but "as a self-described libertarian who presumably cares about the rights of individuals, how do you propose outlawing that particular type of 'murder' without violating the rights of individual women and girls?" Does your ...
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 17:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

They. Think. It. Is. Murder. The balancing of rights and interests in that view is murder vs. something less than murder. In which case they need to admit to the full implications of what they say they believe: if that means the 11-year-old rape victim has to be forced to bear her rapist's baby, th...
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 17:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1420
Views: 54251

Re: Inequality

I checked that guy's twitter feed to see if he was pro- or anti-sex work (assuming consensual adult etc.) ... I honestly have no idea.
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 17:02
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1221
Views: 44555

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
20 May 2019, 16:56
I didn't look at any spoilers.
I didn't think you did -- which makes it all the more facepalm-worthy, IMO: here you thought you were making a ludicrous joke, when you actually predicted the finale. Prophecy-wise, your snark deserves more points than that dipshit Lord of Light.
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 16:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

The frustration I feel with these forced-birth "libertarians" is similar to the frustration I felt speaking to that long-ago drug warrior in Connecticut -- the one who opposed medical marijuana, thought ALL marijuana use should be harshly punished with jailtime ... then when I told her about that fo...
by Jennifer
20 May 2019, 16:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Abortion Thread
Replies: 352
Views: 16325

Re: The Abortion Thread

It’s not that hard if you put on the “it’s murder” hat. No yeah buts, just imagine you thought it was murder like if the child was killed after birth. I disagree with their view but I don’t find it confusing. They would say - there are 2 people with rights here one of them is going to be murdered. ...